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Speakers

WEDNESDAY JULY 31, 2024

jonathan-burnett

GENERAL SESSION
WEDNESDAY JULY 31, 2024
8:45AM—9:20AM
Speaker Bio

Jonathan Burnett, PhD

Laboratory Head, Terrestrial Environmental Radiochemistry Laboratory
International Atomic Energy Agency

Presentation:
The Terrestrial Environmental Radiochemistry Laboratory

Abstract: 
The key task of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Terrestrial Environmental Radiochemistry (TERC) Laboratory is to provide expertise, training and support dealing with radioactive, industrial and other pollution. It assists Member States in responding to the consequences of accidental or intentional releases to the environment through a combination of capacity building activities and the analytical capabilities of the TERC Laboratory. The capacity building activities include providing training and expertise, through training workshops, fellowships and comprehensive technical guides and instructions. These areas are wide ranging, from environmental sampling to radiochemical separations and measurement, to environmental impact assessments and remediation strategies. They also include the provision of the Worldwide Proficiency Test Exercise, with over 500 participants from 100 Member States, and aids in developing and maintaining capability for measuring radionuclides in a variety of sample types. The TERC Laboratory is also ISO17034 accredited for producing certified reference materials (CRMs) for quality assurance purposes, and each year supplies approximately 2000 CRMs to Member States globally. The TERC Laboratory also has extensive analytical capabilities including the capability to perform radiochemical separations and measurement through alpha-, beta- and gamma-spectrometry and inductively coupled plasma mass-spectrometry (ICP-MS). These capabilities are used to characterize proficiency test exercises and reference material samples, and in support of monitoring campaigns to assess the impact of environmental pollution.

mario-fernandez

GENERAL SESSION
WEDNESDAY JULY 31, 2024
9:25AM—10:00AM
Speaker Bio

Mario Fernandez

Acting Branch Chief
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

Presentation:
Overview of the NRC's Cybersecurity Oversight Program, Trends, and International Cybersecurity Training Activities with Radiation Portal Monitors

Abstract: 
Mario Fernandez will present a comprehensive overview of the NRC's cybersecurity oversight strategies, highlighting industry trends, and sharing both successes and challenges encountered in nuclear power plants. Additionally, the presentation will explore cybersecurity trends at an international level, focusing on the vulnerabilities and security incidents involving Radiation Portal Monitors. This session is essential for professionals seeking to understand the complexities of cybersecurity in the nuclear sector and the global implications of these challenges.

THURSDAY AUGUST 1, 2024

andy-boston

GENERAL SESSION
THURSDAY AUGUST 1, 2024
9:30AM—10:00AM
Speaker Bio

Andy Boston, PhD

Professor
University of Liverpool

Presentation:
Imaging the Invisible: The Evolution of Germanium Detector Technology and Application

Abstract: 
The precise measurement of the energy of gamma radiation is an essential ingredient if one wishes to understand the atomic nucleus. These energies reveal what isotopes are present in a sample being analyzed, allow us to quantify how much of that isotope is present, and tell us about the structure of the nuclei that are emitting them. Germanium semiconductor detectors are the best choice for high-resolution gamma spectroscopy. Advances in germanium detector technology and their application will be discussed.


alfonso-jammie-zummo

GENERAL SESSION
THURSDAY AUGUST 1, 2024
10:30AM—11:00AM
Speaker Bio

Alfonso Zummo II

Supervisor of Exposure Control and Instrumentation
Millstone Power Station Dominion Energy

Presentation:
How New Technology has Improved Down Time of Equipment

Abstract: 
This presentation will provide a detailed overview of recent equipment changes at Dominion Energy’s Millstone Power Station, specifically focusing on enhancements designed to minimize equipment downtime. It will explore the rationale behind strategic decisions to implement specific technologies, including the adoption of particular types of Whole-Body Exit Monitors, and will delve into a comparative analysis of the Argos-3AB compact monitors, discussing their advantages over the older PCM 1B models. This session aims to highlight the technological features that contribute to increased efficiency and safety in operations.


michael-beal

GENERAL SESSION
THURSDAY AUGUST 1, 2024
11:00AM—11:30AM
Speaker Bio

Michael Beal

Senior Alliance Director and Senior Director, Client Relations
Holtec International

Presentation:
Holtec International — Transforming the Nuclear Industry

Abstract: 
Holtec International has been innovating and transforming the nuclear industry since 1986 and is the leading vertically integrated turnkey supplier of Clean Energy Technologies in the world today. With four manufacturing facilities and 10 satellite offices worldwide, Holtec is well positioned to support its large and diverse customer base in the areas of heat exchangers, feedwater heaters, wet storage, dry storage, and all aspects of support for nuclear and clean energy power. Holtec owns four decommissioning sites and is in process of a historic recommissioning of the Holtec Palisades Nuclear Plant in Covert, Michigan, with operations beginning in August 2025. Holtec Palisades will also serve as the location for two Small Modular Reactors (SMR-300), which will be constructed and online by 2030 and 2031, respectively.

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John Wick

Director of Marketing

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John Dutton

President

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Laura Swan

CEO

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